Former Press Clips columnist Sydney H. Schanberg has won the 2005 Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism, given by the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University for “distinguished contributions to the improvement of print and broadcast journalism through responsible analysis or critical evaluation.”
For his distinguished contributions, Schanberg tracked the Bush administration’s intricate dance with the nation’s leading dailies, not least among them The New York Times. Schanberg won a Pulitzer for the Times in 1976, for his reporting on the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. His book about that period became the basis for the 1984 Oscar-winning film The Killing Fields.
Schanberg is to receive the award, which comes with a $1,000 prize, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on May 11.
Highlights from Schanberg’s 2005 Press Clips columns:
Looking this war in the face proves difficult when the press itself won’t even put in an appearance
May 17th, 2005
Katrina puts us—and the press—in a different place
September 13th, 2005
Watergate-era hero reporter on Plamegate story? He can put it down.
November 15th, 2005